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Sams Teach Yourself Visual C++ 5 in 21 Days, Fourth Edition Paperback – June, 1997
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This book merges the power of the best-selling Teach Yourself series with the knowledge of Nathan Gurewich & Ori Gurewich, renowned experts in code, creating the most efficient way to learn Visual C++. In just 21 days it will transform a novice into a knowledgeable programmer. - Provides all the training needed to write code in just days
- The hands-on approach makes the reader learn by doing-not just reading
- Question and Answer section sheds light on common programming problems
From the Back Cover
Sams Teach Yourself Visual C++ in 21 Days, Fourth Edition,is your key to unlocking the power of Visual C++ for creating applications. Using the proven Sams Teach Yourself in 21 Days format, you'll be guided through all of the concepts associated with Visual C++. At the end of 21 days, you'll be well on your way to writing applications from scratch with OOP source code. With Sams Teach Yourself Visual C++ in 21 Days, Fourth Edition, you will: explore ActiveX controls and the Component Gallery; understand the essential principles of designing and developing programs in Visual C++; use the Visual C++ tools to create applications quickly; write successful, professional applications; and create your own ActiveX(TM) Controls.
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it doesn't teach MFC theory and practices as well a book presenting stand alone MFC compilations. However, this is simply not the orientation of this particular book - MFC being a huge subject and the book serves as an excellent introduction to the Developer Studio and Visual C++ in 21 lessons which can readily be completed in, say, 10 days if one is dexterous. Highly recommended. I believe there is also a second book written on this same topic titled, approximately, More Visual C++ in 21 days although this book is difficult to find and it's merits I cannot comment on. This book is also relevant to Visual C++ 6 - it just does not exploit any of this version's enhancements.
The style of the text is going to be liked by some and hated by others. The authors do every example in extremely close detail to make sure you do them right. Each chapter consists of one or two example programs that demonstrate a few features of MFC. It gives you just enough knowledge that you have a prayer of using the MFC documentation included with Visual C++ to actually find what you're looking for. I've also been surprised to find it makes a good reference book while programming, despite the layout being a teaching-based layout. If you do the examples you can actually remember where you saw particular types of operations and go find them. The chapters are set up in a logical fashion and so even if you don't remember exactly where you saw something, you can probably find it. You also won't need 21 days to finish it... I did it in less than a week.
Overall though, this book is useful only because MSVC++ is too complicated and not well enough documented (as it comes out of the box) for a beginner, ordinary C programmer (admittedly an amateur) to learn from one book. You really need someone to teach you and have a library of reference books (costing much more than the MSVC++ program itself). No wonder people are still looking for an ideal language (is it Java?